Evaluation of my 4th ChemoMay 6, 2009
Yesterday we went to the VUmc again for my monthly check. I had to “donate” some blood to determine whether I could go on with the chemo medication as planned. Normally you have to take a number and be patient (something that is very hard for me) but in the VUmc they don’t. Depending on your next appointment you’re declared ‘CITO’ (to get priority) or not. If you’re lucky enough to get the ‘CITO’ status the results of your blood sample are ready within an hour.
I, fortunately, always have the status ‘CITO’ (because I have an appointment with the neuro-oncologist in an hours time) but most patients are not so lucky. I feel always glared at by the other patients in the full waiting room when we arrive. But I can almost immediately walk through into the examination room for the actual blood check. We went back to the waiting room of the neuro-oncology department to wait the compulsory hour. Unfortunately an hour waiting is long if you’re impatient (like me).
Finally we were called by the Neuro-oncologist. This time he not much to tell us because there was no MRI scan made since my last visit (scan frequency in my case is once per three months). We told about the side effects of the chemo (nauseousness sleeplessness, fatigue, headache, irregular heartbeat, etc.). He was especially interested in my irregular heartbeat and irregular blood-pressure. I had to go to our GP he ordered me.
I asked him about ‘the end’, what the symptoms are and whether it could be a lengthy battle with Death. He told us that we must discuss that with the Super Nurse. He prescribed the same dose of Temodal (the actual Chemo) as last time (420mg) and some other medication we ran out of. He wished us well with a handshake. Kind man!